CBP Iris Pilot Selected as ACT-IAC Igniting Innovation 2014 Award Finalist

Government and industry leaders encouraged to attend February 6 Showcase and submit votes via social media to determine winner

Reston, VA – February 4, 2014 – Dev Technology Group, Inc. today announced that the Iris Pilot solution, developed by the company for the U.S. Customs and Border Protection, has been selected as a Top 30 finalist for the 2014 Igniting Innovation Awards, presented by the American Council for Technology – Industry Advisory Council (ACT-IAC). The awards program selected 30 finalists from a large pool of government and industry solutions developed to address the government’s biggest IT challenges. One overall Igniting Innovation winner will be selected on February 6th at the Igniting Innovation Showcase and Award event at the Ronald Reagan Building.

The U.S. Customs and Border Protection and Dev Technology Group created the Iris Pilot, working with multiple agencies. The Iris Pilot uses the combination of iris, fingerprints, and high-quality photographs to identify subjects during the Border Patrol enforcement process by matching against the IDENT database. This is the first multi-modal biometrics system in place at DHS, and one of the only of its kind in government. This solution increases the accuracy of biometric identification while also adding to the iris database and has the potential to be leveraged by multiple agencies for matching and identification.

The Top 30 finalists will exhibit their solutions at the Igniting Innovation Showcase and Award event on February 6, 2014 at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington, DC. The Top 8, selected via social media voting during the event, will deliver live presentations to a judging panel of government and industry professionals, as well as the entire showcase audience.

Following the Top 8’s presentations, the social media tool will again be used to vote for the overall “Igniting Innovation” winner. Additional “Dynamite” awards will be given in the areas of: most disruptive; 3 Rs (reduce, recycle, reuse); high risk/high return; greatest citizen impact; and incubator.

For more information and to register for the 2014 Igniting Innovation Showcase and Awards, see http://actiac.org/ignitinginnovation2014.


About the U.S. Customs and Border Protection

U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation’s borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.

About Dev Technology Group, Inc.

Founded in 1998, Dev Technology Group is a woman-owned, small disadvantaged business (WOSB, SDB) delivering information technology services and solutions that protect and serve American citizens. Over half of Dev Technology’s work supports multiple components within the Department of Homeland Security. Other Departments supported include Justice, Defense, Agriculture, Energy, and Treasury. Dev Technology specializes in web-based application development and system modernization, database consulting services, biometric capture and integration solutions, and BMC Remedy and infrastructure management solutions. Dev Technology has been assessed at CMMI-DEV Level 2, is an ISO 9001:2008 certified organization, and is a recipient of multiple industry awards for innovation and growth. For more information, please visit www.devtechnology.com.


ACT-IAC has been recognized as the premier government IT community’s public-private partnership and is an example of how government and industry work together. They are a nonprofit educational organization created to advance government in serving the public through the effective application of IT resources. Their education, training, programming and collaboration opportunities enhance and advance the government IT profession. ACT-IAC’s objective, vendor- and technology-neutral, and ethical forum allow government and industry to collaborate and improve government through technology. Headquartered in the Greater Washington, D.C. area, ACT-IAC also has chapters in the Pacific region (based in San Diego) and the Rocky Mountain region (based in Denver). To learn more about ACT-IAC and how to become a member, visit www.actiac.org or call 703-208-4800.